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The Allama Iqbal sculpture in Lahore which was 
  • The officers had been suspended “with immediate effect”
  • PHA officers had been discovered responsible of “inefficiency and negligence towards duty”
  • A day earlier, folks had taken to social media to poke enjoyable and criticise the sculpture of Allama Iqbal in-built a Lahore park

LAHORE: A day after a storm had stirred on social media concerning the Allama Iqbal sculpture, town’s Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) introduced Wednesday that it had suspended two officers.

Shah Nawaz Wattoo, the park’s Deputy Director Horticulture, and Assistant Director Horticulture Ghulam Sibtain, have been suspended with “immediate effect”, in accordance with a press launch by the PHA. 


The 2 officers had been suspended after being discovered responsible of “inefficiency and negligence of duty” acknowledged the press launch. 

Learn extra: Punjab govt removes Allama Iqbal’s sculpture from Lahore park after social media backlash

Footage of the Allama Iqbal sculpture, constructed at a park in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal space, went viral on social media after folks identified that it hardly resembled the legendary poet. 

Shortly after folks began making enjoyable of the sculpture, the PHA responded to the controversy by taking it down. The chairman of the authority tweeted that the sculpture was constructed by the gardeners of the park, who had finished so out of their affection for Iqbal and paid from their very own pocket for it. 

“Dear, this is prepared by maalis at their own , they made it in sheer love for Iqbal and to pay homage from their heart. Authority didn’t approve or even paid a single penny for it,, Yasir Gillani, chairman of the PHA, had tweeted yesterday. 

“WE WILL ADDRESS IT however can anybody see from maalis eye’s, their love and their عقیدت,” he wrote.

Yasir had stated that because the construction was constructed by the gardeners out of their very own pocket cash, no motion will probably be taken in opposition to them. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that clear directives had been issued to make sure that no sculpture is constructed contained in the park with out the park administration’s permission. 

Nadia Tufail, the spokesperson of the park situated within the metropolis’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal space, spoke to The Information to substantiate that the sculpture had been eliminated and will probably be put up once more after crucial enhancements.

An image was shared on Twitter by an individual, displaying a personnel uprooting the boundary fence surrounding the sculpture. 

After going viral on social media, Iqbal’s construction is being uprooted,” he wrote.

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